Mary-Louise Parker

Actor, Waitress, Telemarketer
One of the most steadily working actresses on both coasts, Mary-Louise Parker enjoyed a Tony-winning career with Broadway dramas like "Prelude to a Kiss" and "Proof" before winning over television audiences as the ... Read more »
Born: 08/02/1964 in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, USA

Filmography

Actor (56)

When We Rise 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

Behaving Badly 2014 (Movie)

Lucy Stevens / Saint Lola (Actor)

Christmas in Conway 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Jamesy Boy 2014 (Movie)

Tracy (Actor)

The Blacklist 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2009, 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Conan 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

R.I.P.D. 2013 (Movie)

Proctor (Actor)

Red 2 2013 (Movie)

Sarah (Actor)

Weeds 2004 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Howl 2010 (Movie)

Gail Potter (Actor)

Red 2010 (Movie)

Sarah Ross (Actor)

Solitary Man 2010 (Movie)

Jordan Karsch (Actor)

Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 62nd Annual Tony Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Spiderwick Chronicles 2008 (Movie)

Helen Grace (Actor)

Vinegar Hill 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Romance and Cigarettes 2007 (Movie)

Constance (Actor)

The 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The West Wing 2001 - 2003, 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Best Thief in the World 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Saved! 2004 (Movie)

Lillian (Actor)

The Isaac Mizrahi Show 2001 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Pipe Dream 2002 (Movie)

Toni Edelman (Actor)

Red Dragon 2002 (Movie)

Molly Graham (Actor)

The Five Senses 2000 (Movie)

Rona (Actor)

Anne Tyler's Saint Maybe 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Goodbye Lover 1999 (Movie)

Peggy Blane (Actor)

Let the Devil Wear Black 1999 (Movie)

Julia (Actor)

The Portrait of A Lady 1996 (Movie)

Henrietta Stackpole (Actor)

Boys on the Side 1995 (Movie)

Robin Nickerson (Actor)

Reckless 1995 (Movie)

Pooty (Actor)

Sugartime 1995 (Movie)

Phyllis McGuire (Actor)

Bullets Over Broadway 1994 (Movie)

Ellen (Actor)

Naked in New York 1994 (Movie)

Joanne White (Actor)

The Client 1994 (Movie)

Dianne Sway (Actor)

Mr. Wonderful 1993 (Movie)

Rita (Actor)

Fried Green Tomatoes 1991 (Movie)

Ruth Jamison (Actor)

Grand Canyon 1991 (Movie)

Dee (Actor)

Longtime Companion 1990 (Movie)

Liza (Actor)

Signs of Life 1989 (Movie)

Charlotte (Actor)

A Place For Annie (TV Show)

Actor

Angels in America (TV Show)

Actor

Cupid & Cate (TV Show)

Actor

Legalese (TV Show)

Actor

Miracle Run (TV Show)

Actor

Murder in Mind (TV Show)

Actor

The Maker (TV Show)

Actor

The Robber Bride (TV Show)

Actor

Too Young the Hero (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Romance and Cigarettes 2007 (Movie)

("I Want Candy") (Song Performer)
Other (1)

Wet Hot American Summer 2001 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Biography

One of the most steadily working actresses on both coasts, Mary-Louise Parker enjoyed a Tony-winning career with Broadway dramas like "Prelude to a Kiss" and "Proof" before winning over television audiences as the subversive suburban centerpiece of Showtime's dark comedy, "Weeds" (2005-2012). Parker also made several successful forays into feature films with "Fried Green Tomatoes" (1991), "Grand Canyon" (1991), "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994), "The Client" (1994) and "Boys on the Side" (1995). But it was on the small screen that she made her greatest impact, thanks to spending several seasons in recurring fashion as political activist Amy Gardner on "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006). During that time, she earned multiple awards - including an Emmy and Golden Globe - for her supporting turn as the Valium-addicted wife of a closeted Mormon in the critically acclaimed miniseries "Angels in America" (HBO, 2003). Forever shifting gears between film and the stage acting that was her primary passion, Parker appeared in the comedy "Saved!" (2004) at the time she gave birth to her son fathered by actor Billy Crudup, who famously broke things off with her during her pregnancy. Meanwhile, she landed the role of Nancy Botwin, a widowed mother who resorts to selling marijuana to make ends meet on "Weeds," which also led to her on-again, off-again affair with her show's dead husband Jeffrey Dean Morgan. With roles in varied projects like "The Spiderwick Chronicles" (2008) and "Red" (2010), Parker maintained her status as a talented performer very much in demand.

Relationships

Billy Crudup Actor

Companion
Met while appearing in a 1996 stage production of "Bus Stop" Rumored to have been briefly engaged Crudup left Parker for actress Claire Danes in November 2003, while Parker was seven months pregnant with their child

Adam Duritz

Companion
Lead singer of Counting Crows dated briefly from 1995-1996

Timothy Hutton Actor

Companion
Co-starred together on Broadway in "Prelude to a Kiss" (1990) and later Off-Broadway in "Babylon Gardens" together from 1990-1992 no longer together

Pat Mannochia

Companion
Former professional hockey player together c. 1992-95

Jeffrey Dean Morgan Actor

Companion
Met on the set of "Weeds" (Showtime) Briefly split in June 2007, but later reconciled Announced engagement in February 2008 Broke off engagement in April 2008, which was reportedly blamed on their "differing lifestyles" Reportedly dating again as of April 2009

Caroline Parker

Daughter
Adopted from Africa in September 2007

William Parker

Son
Born January 7, 2004 father, Billy Crudup

EDUCATION

North Carolina School of the Arts

Winston-Salem , North Carolina
Classmates included Peter Hedges and Joe Mantello

Milestones

2013

Appeared in both "R.I.P.D." and "Red 2," two big-budget movies that both debuted on the same day in July of that year

2010

Played Sarah opposite Bruce Willis in "Red," an adaption of the comic book mini-series of the same name

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

2009

Starred in the Broadway revival of Henrik Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler"

2008

Appeared in the off-Broadway play "Dead Man's Cell Phone" at Playwrights Horizons theater

2008

Cast as the mother in the fantasy film "The Spiderwick Chronicles"

2007

Played Jesse's (Brad Pitt) wife, Zee James in "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"

2006

Starred in Oxygen's "The Robber Bride" as Zenia, a glamorous femme fatale; earned an Emmy nomination for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

2005

Cast in the Showtime series "Weeds" as a suburban mom who beings dealing Marijuana, after her husband's unexpected death; earned SAG (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009), Golden Globe (2007, 2008, 2009) and Emmy (2007, 2008, 2009) nominations for Best Actress in a Co

2005

Cast in John Turturro's big-screen musical "Romance and Cigarettes"; film released theatrically in 2007

2004

Starred in the dark comedy "Saved!" with Jena Malone and Mandy Moore

2004

Starred on Broadway in the revival of Craig Lucas's "Reckless"; received a Tony nomination for her role

2003

Cast as Harper Pitt in the HBO adaptation of "Angels in America"; received a SAG nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Movie or Miniseries (2004)

2002

Had recurring role on the NBC series "The West Wing"; reprised her role as women's-rights advocate Amy Gardner for the shows final episodes in 2006; received an Emmy (2002) nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama and a SAG (2003) nomination for

2002

Portrayed Molly Graham in the thriller feature "Red Dragon" the prequel to "Silence of the Lambs"

2000

Garnered rave reviews for performance in the Off-Broadway play "Proof"; production moved to Broadway in the fall

2000

Played an unhappy young woman who finds purpose in a new romance in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation "Cupid & Cate" (CBS)

1999

Co-starred in the Slamdance-screened "Let the Devil Wear Black"; a modern interpretation of Shakespeare's Hamlet written and directed by Stacey Title

1999

Portrayed a cake maker who problematically lacks a sense of taste in the Canadian-made "The Five Senses"

1998

Returned to the NYC stage in the Off-Broadway production of Alan Ayckbourn's "Communicating Doors"

1998

Appeared in small but pivotal role as the free-spirited (and later suicidal) Lucy in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of "Anne Tyler's 'Saint Maybe'" (CBS)

1997

Earned critical acclaim for her performance of a young girl molested by a relative in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "How I Learned to Drive"; played character at various ages from teens to adulthood

1996

Acted the part of Henrietta Stackpole in Jane Campion's "The Portrait of a Lady"; based on the novel by Henry James

1995

Portrayed a parapalegic deaf mute in the feature "Reckless"; film is based on the play by Craig Lucas

1995

Delivered a poignant portrayal of a woman dying from AIDS in "Boys on the Side"

1995

Starred opposite John Turturro as singer Phyllis McGuire in HBO's "Sugartime"

1994

Played John Cusack's girlfriend in Woody Allen's "Bullets Over Broadway"

1994

First appearance in a Hallmark Hall of Fame production, "A Place for Annie" (ABC) as a surly AIDS patient who tries to get back the baby she abandoned

1993

Acted Off-Broadway in John Patrick Shanley's Hollywood satire "Four Dogs and a Bone"

1991

Portrayed Dee, a secretary and part-time lover of Kevin Kline, in Lawrence Kasdan's "Grand Canyon"

1991

First starring role in a feature, "Fried Green Tomatoes"

1990

Broadway debut in Craig Lucas' "Prelude to a Kiss" (originated the role at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre); earned a Tony nomination as Actress in a Play

1990

Played a neighbor helping her gay friend through the early years of the AIDS crisis in Norman Rene's "Longtime Companion"

1989

Film debut, "Signs of Life"

1989

Off-Broadway debut, "The Art of Success"

1988

TV-movie debut, "Too Young the Hero" (CBS)

1986

Off-off-Broadway debut, "The Girl in Pink" at the Quaigh Theatre

1975

Played a recurring role in the ABC daytime drama "Ryan's Hope"

Appeared in regional theater productions of "The Night of the Iguana" and "The Little Foxes"

Grew up in Arizona, Tennessee, Texas, Thailand, Germany and France where her father served in the US Army

Bonus Trivia

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On why she maintains her residence in NYC: "They don't have the same attitude toward theater in Los Angeles. I think they just assume that everybody wants to be in the movies. Life revolves around the movies. They don't understand why people would want to do theater; you don't get as much money, as much attention. There's more fulfillment in the theater, on every level." - Parker quoted in Newsday, Nov. 21, 1998

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Parker on acting: "Most of the time it dead seriously, to the point where most people find me kind of tiresome, I think. Not that I care. It's just because I always believe it can be better, and I always strive to make it better. I always feel like it's a living thing, and you should treat it as a living thing. " - from Interview magazine, October 2005

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